Jonah Lomu - Back With The Baa-baas For The Prudential Tour
22 April 2002 12:08pm
England v Barbarians 26th May 2002,Twickenham(Kick Off 3pm)
Wales v Barbarians 29th May 2002, Millennium Stadium (Kick Off 7.15pm)
Scotland v Barbarians 1st June 2002, Murrayfield(Kick Off 3pm)
Jonah expressed his delight in being invited to play once again for Barbarians and commented,
"When ever I get asked to play for the Barbarians I consider it a privilege and accept to play at every opportunity. It also gives me a chance to visit my favourite part of the World, where I also receive a great deal of support from the fans, which makes it extra special. At the moment I'm concentrating 100% to help the Hurricanes make the Super 12 top four."
For this year's tour, it is the intention of the Barbarian Club to establish a truly international squad with experienced players from all the major nations. Further players who have agreed to represent the Barbarians are the former French captain Abetiliff Benazzi (FR), Christian Cullen (NZ), Trevor Leota (WS), Christian Califano (FR) and Matt Perry (E).
The Barbarian squad for the Prudential Tour now totals 489 international caps and will comprise of the following players:
Barbarian Squad - Prudential Tour Players
Jonah Lomu Wellington Hurricanes & New Zealand
Abdelatif Benazzi Saracens & France
Christian Cullen Wellington Hurricanes & New Zealand
Matt Perry Bath & England
Thomas Castaignede Saracens & France
Braam van Straaten Leeds Tykes & South Africa
Rassie Erasmus Free State Cats & South Africa
Agustin Pichot Bristol Shoguns & Argentina
Adrian Garvey Newport & South Africa
Thinus Delport Natal Sharks & South Africa
SimonTaylor Edinburgh Rugby & Scotland
Trevor Leota London Wasps & Western Samoa
Christian Califano Auckland Blues & France
Rod McQueen (Head Coach)
Philippe Sella (Backs Coach)
Player availability is subject to fitness and the continuing support from the Unions and Clubs
2001 Tour Results
Wales 38 Barbarians 40
Scotland 31 Barbarians 74
England 29 Barbarians 43
Wales v Barbarians Â£20, Â£15, Â£10, Â£5(child concessions U16s)Tel: 08705 582 582
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